Seu Jorge is a true renaissance man. He is musician, singer, songwriter, actor and now fashion designer. Ever since Jorge’s role as “Knockout Ned” in City of God (one of my fav movies), ThatKellieGirl has been a fan. However, I didn’t become a fan of his music until I heard him singing in the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Growing up in a favela in Brazil, Jorge was influenced musically by samba and Stevie Wonder (this is why I like him so much!) 🙂 At the age of 19, he left home and was homeless for several years. Eventually, he fell into theater and music which changed his life completely. In 1998, he began singing professionally, but acting gave him his big break. In 2002, Jorge won international recognition for his role as “Knockout Ned” which led to an invitation to act in the film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” in 2003. Then, as a musician, he received critical acclaim for his album “Cru” (Raw) in 2004. Recently, Jorge has partnered with the band Alamaz to produce some more great music. They even created a two-part film called “The Model: Oshun and the Dream,” where Jorge struggles with an echoing image of “The Model”. The film is based on their EP, “The Model“.
And now, Jorge has collaborated with fashion designer Rachel Roy on a line of sportswear, footwear, jewelry and handbags for Macy’s new campaign spotlighting Brazil and its culture. The fashion line is available exclusively at Macy’s and on Rachel Roy’s website.
Now check out this funky rendition of Roy Ayer’s “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” by Seu Jorge and Almaz. Enjoy!